April 25, 2018  Past Issues

Benefit enrollment reminder: Act now on disability insurance

Have you had an opportunity to review the Lump Sum Disability Income Insurance Program through Lloyd’s of London being provided to you by The Iowa State Bar Association? Open enrollment for this new insurance is expected to close in early May.

Program Details:
• Lump sum benefit options available up to 10x your annual income, not to exceed $2 million
• Own occupation definition of disability
• Benefits are available regardless of existing long-term disability coverage you may have
• No health or financial evidence is needed (one actively at work question)
• The premium is personally paid allowing for your benefits to be tax-free at claim time
• 365-day coverage Elimination Period

If you have any questions regarding the coverage or the available options, please reach out at: 800-484-0076 or

Membership renewal portal is now open

The 2018-2019 ISBA dues renewal portal is now open (log-in required). All members are encouraged to renew their membership now for the next fiscal year which begins July 1.

From your profile page, simply click the membership button, then click on "Securely renew your membership now" to begin the process. In addition to all of the existing member benefits, there are plenty of new developments in the works that will provide increased membership value in the upcoming fiscal year.

CLE Program Tackles the New “Tax Cut and Jobs Act”

On May 18, the ISBA Taxation Section is sponsoring a CLE focused on the new “Tax Cut and Jobs Act.” The “Tax Law Update” CLE program will be held at the ISBA building in Des Moines from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The program is also available in a live webinar format.

The “Tax Cut and Jobs Act,” which was signed into law on Dec. 22, 2017, creates significant changes to important provisions of the tax code. A reduced rate for C corporations, a new deduction for sole proprietorship and pass-through businesses, including agricultural cooperatives, are just a few of the key changes. New cost recovery provisions, modified rules for losses, interest deductibility and cash accounting also provide new challenges to tax practitioners.

Featured speakers include Prof. Roger McEowen, Washburn University School of Law; Paul Neiffer, CliftonLarsonAllen; Michel Nelson, Iowa State Bank; Janice Kerkove, Bradley & Riley; Christine Halbrook, Bradshaw, Fowler, Proctor & Fairgrave, PC; Paul Morf, Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC; and Margaret Van Houten, Davis Brown Law Firm.

For more information, visit the event page.


Free webcast examines sexual harassment issues

The State Bar of Arizona and the Arizona Supreme Court, in partnership with INREACH and the American Bar Association, are making available a free 75-minute webcast entitled “Sexual Harassment: Changing the Conversation.” The webcast, which airs at noon CDT on Wednesday, May 9, focuses on building the skills in individuals and organizations to identify and respond to all the manifestations of sexual harassment.

It does this “through a combination of a clinical analysis of the nature of sexual harassment and scenario-based discussions of common law firm and court examples,” according to a description from the Arizona Bar. “Our hope for the program is to share information about how we might all begin or change the conversation and point to useful materials available on the topic,” the description states. Presenters include a clinician, a labor and employment law lawyer, a judge, a peer, a supervisor and an organizational leader.

To register for the free webinar, click here. Note the action to take for non-members of the State Bar of Arizona.

Two new judicial vacancies in District 6 and 8B now open for applications

Applications are now being accepted for two judicial vacancies created by the retirement of Judge Marsha Bergan and Judge John Linn.

Those interested can get applications from the respective districts (information below) and must be able to complete an initial and regular six-year term prior to age 72. Completed applications must be sent to the district court administrator, with copies provided to each nominating commission member.

Applications for the sixth district may be picked up at the Court Administration Office or a copy of the application may be requested via e-mail from Due date is May 17. View the official notice here.

Applications for district 8B can be obtained from the District Court Administrator’s Office for the Eighth Judicial District, 333 North Court Street, Ottumwa, IA 52501, by emailing, or by calling 1-641-684-6502, ext 110. Due date is May 25. View the official notice here.

New IRS rules and limitations for depreciation and expensing

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed on Dec. 22, 2017, changed some laws regarding depreciation deductions. For example, the new law increases the maximum deduction for a section 179 property deduction from $500,000 to $1 million. It also increases the phase-out threshold from $2 million to $2.5 million.

In addition, the new act provides for a temporary 100 percent expensing for certain business assets, changes the depreciation limitations on luxury automobiles and personal-use property, changes the treatment of certain farm property and provides for an alternative depreciation system for farming businesses, and lowers the alternative depreciation system recovery period for residential rental property from 40 years to 30 years.

Details are available in the depreciation and expensing fact sheet on the IRS website.


April 20

No. 15-1815
Martin Shane Moon v. State of Iowa
An applicant asks for further review of a court of appeals decision dismissing his postconviction-relief action.

No. 16-0851
State of Iowa v. Noah Riley Cooks
Defendant convicted of second-degree murder as a youthful offender for offense he committed at age thirteen challenges his fifty-year prison sentence imposed at age eighteen.

Woman accused in fatal shooting of truck driver in Iowa County will be her own lawyer
A woman, accused of fatally shooting a Monroe truck driver last year, admits she doesn’t understand the rules in a trial regarding evidence and procedures but insists on being her own lawyer.
The Gazette

Retired officer helps crime victims in court
Losing a family member to homicide or being a victim of a violent crime yourself has got to be hard enough.
Sioux City Journal

Iowa receives $51M payment for share of tobacco settlement
Iowa received nearly $51 million Thursday from tobacco companies - the state's annual share of a 1998 landmark legal settlement in which tobacco companies pay states for smoking-related health care costs.

New ABA Center for Innovation project will connect legal aid providers with free legal tech
The ABA Center for Innovation, in partnership with the Legal Services Corp., wants to connect legal aid providers with free legal technology.



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